all the canals in the entire world, the Grand Canal found in
China is not only the oldest, but also the longest.
In fact, this canal surpasses the second and third
largest canals put together, being the Panama Canal and the
Suez. The Grand
Canal was first brought under construction during the Wu
Dynasty in 486 BC. Then
it was extended during the Qi Dynasty and then again during
the Sui Dynasty under the reign of Emperor Yangdi.
primitive building techniques, this second expansion took
six years from 605 to 610 AD, and consisted of serious
it took about 6,000,000 laborers to complete this second
expansion and due to the harsh conditions and extensive
work, approximately, 3,000,000 of those people died from the
sheer labor and hunger.
At that time, many believed the endeavor was a
complete waste of human life and money, which was a huge
contributor to the downfall of this dynasty.
length of the Grand Canal is approximately 1,200 miles long,
running from Hangzhou in the Zhejian province located in the
south of China to Beijing, located in the northern portion
of the country. Additionally,
the Grand Canal connects a number of river systems to
include the Yangtze, Yellow Huaihe, Quiantang, and Haihe
Rivers, and then at the southern end, flows through Hebei,
Tianjin, Beijing, Jiangsu, Shandong, and Zhejiang.
creation has been a huge boost to the Chinese economy,
ensuring that the country will continue.
Although the canal is now more than 2,000 years old,
many parts of it are still being used as a water diversion
this water facility, food and other goods can be transported
from the south to the north. Another huge benefit in addition to strengthening cultural
connections and the local economies is that the Grand Canal
has improved the defense and administration of China.
travelers, the Grand Canal offers the best method for
enjoying the magnificent scenery and landscaping of the
country seen along the river towns.
By taking a boat cruise down the canal, you can see
ancient dwellings, historical relics, and stone bridges,
while being served mouthwatering, authentic Chinese food.
Deemed one of the most magnificent structures in
ancient China along with the Great Wall of China, this canal
is intriguing and fascinating, connecting the historical
past with the present and future of this wonderful country.